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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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96
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881 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
881
Ratings:
3,451
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
Wants:
1,204
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For Trade:
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Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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Photo of scottg
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to choprite for this one.
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a light copper color with slight orange with a one finger white fluffy head that leaves patchy lacing. First smell-wow, this beer smells like the hops were just strained out, super fresh citrus-lemon & grapefruit, grass, honey and vanilla. Grapefruit and resiny pine up front lead to sweet orange and caramel with some bready malt flavor to balance ending with the bitter pucker of grapefruit rind. Medium high carbonation, medium body this is one smooth and creamy beer with the carbonation cutting through the creaminess. Fantastic beer, this is what a west coast IPA should taste like.
My first beer from the Alpine Beer Company but certainly not my last.

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Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a golden yellow with a tint of orange...mostly clear with two fingers of meringue like, soft white head which leaves a lot of lacing on the way down...

Citrusy, tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose...piny and resinous. Slightly earthy and a bit of sweet malt tries to balance things out...

Piny and slightly bitter. Sweet, fruity, oily...pretty one sided hop presence (duh). Not flat out bitter, has a nice sweet side to balance things out...

Sticky and thick with good carbonation...medium to heavy bodied and much chewier than expected...

Pretty good DIPA, I prefer Nelson and Duet from Alpine over this one, but I would definitely drink it again...

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, no bottle date

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of foam. Retention isn't too bad, strong carbonation in the center with a few bubbles here and there on the sides of the glass. Lacing is good, not a bad looking beer

Smell is pretty upfront with the hops, lots of tropical red fruits with strong notes of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Malt sports a very sweet caramel with a little alcohol on the finish

Taste really blew me away here, with the nose but oh so much better! Upfront very sweet tropical fruits that mix nicely with the citrus and pine. Very robust sweet malt background that plays off the hops very well. Finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel was my favorite part. Very wet and sweet initially but finishes very dry bitter, reminds me of ruination. Alcohol hidden well, this thing is a pleasure to drink

Overall, this thing was really something else. Thanks to Nate for the trade, I would do terrible things to have regular access to this. Making sure to get multiples next time

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to April for giving me a bottle off my Wants. Great West Coast IPA. Amber pour with a one inch head. Big hops smell mostly of pine. Taste is mostly of piney hops. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a big DIPA. Very drinkable for the style. A must for a hophead like me.

Cheers.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Ty to Natasharai for the split!

A: Pours a very clear light copper with a small off-white head with some lacing and decent retention.

S: Very unique, strong citrus hops and a very malty caramel backbone. very bold scent.

T: Smell is a good indicator of this one, malty upfront with a caramel taste going into strong hops and a citrus finish. Not much alcohol comes through, very nice.

Overall: Decent mouthfeel that's moderately carbonated and has a nice oily feel. Very drinkable for the alcohol and boldness. Great DIPA try it if you can get it!

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Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent amber color with an sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Minor amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine, bayleaf, some dank sweet leaf and a hint of booze on the nose.

T: Piney and resinous. Yes, this reminds a lot of Six Point Hi Res.

M: A bit thick. Heavy boots of lead. More so than I like in my IPA's especially one that is as high ABV as 8%.

D: There are some decent flavors here, but ultimately the beer is too resinous and thick for my preference.

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Photo of gregshead
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours w a nice finger of head. Head dissipates but leaves a nice ring of lacing on top.

S: Lots of grapefruit maybe a little orange citrus as well.

T: Lots of grapefruit hops bite but backed by a nice large dose of biscuity malt backbone

M: Good carbonation and a nice light feel especially for a DIPA.

D: Wow. So easy to drink. The best balanced DIPA to date for me.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

wow what an excellent hoppy IPA. the smell is very piney with a hint of citrus. the beer pours a dark amber with a robust two finger head that dissipates slowly leaving wonderful lacing in the glass. the beer has a smooth and not overly bitter or boozy flavor. an excellent IPA, cant wait to have another. Thank you Green Flash for making this beer more available.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into....You guessed it my Darkness snifter.

Pour looks like a burnt honey color with a bit of off white head. My eyes light up with the smell. Sticky hop wrapped in pine and covered with some good old sweet citrus. Lovely. Carbonation is about what you want in a ipa. Not overly and certainly not under. Get the nice hop bite but it quickly goes away. Initially thought it may be aggressive but I was wrong. Very solid beer. Easy to drink even at 8%.

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Photo of berkey
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of dannyhipps. Thanks again buddy for making this happen! Beer Karma shall smile on you soon, I guarantee it. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Body is considerably darker in color than typical for an IIPA, somewhere between amber and mahogany with a moderate haze. This one is topped by a fairly large, amazingly persistent, rocky off white head. This style can be quite a sight to behold and this in another great one.

Nose starts off with a shot of tangerine and other citrusy hop aromas, pine needles, and a dry clean bitterness. Malt sweetness is a little buried but you can still pick it out with a deep whiff so I'm not complaining at all. There's no freshness date listed but from the way it smells this can only be at the pinnacle of freshness.

I was hoping for just a continuation of the great aroma on the taste but was greeted with that and more. Big citrus and pine are joined by a pungent and leafy dry bitterness which is backed by a sweet yet clean bready malt profile.

Something about this beer begs you to throw it down your throat, it's just too drinkable. I'm the slowest beer drinker that I know but I had to stop myself from chugging the stuff.

Overall one of the better West Coast Hop Bombs I've tried in quite some time. I don't always drink hoppy beers, but if this were more easily available it would definitely be a regular in my fridge. ISO more Alpine Brews!

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Photo of tjthresh
3.27/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is bright yellow orange with some snowy white head. The nose is really fruity with lots of leafy hop cones. The flavor is just kind of a muddled mess of hops and sugar. Medium sugary body. Tangy tart finish. I don't know. I'm not impressed.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks for sending this one my way!

Pours a translucent golden yellow color with some ruby hues coming through when the light strikes it just right. A finger’s-breadth of foamy white head grows, and takes its time subsiding, leaving generous wet lacing behind.

Smells of floral hops, malt, orange, grapefruit, pine, and dark sugar. Reminds me of those dried, sugar coated fruits, but with some herbal backing to them; very tantalizing.

Taste is delicious, though the aggressiveness of the hops are more subdued than in the nose. A very well rounded brew, with the caramel texture of the sugary malt really playing well off of the hoppy forefront. Some fruity, citrus esters are detectable as well, especially orange. Again, the sugar coated fruit analogy holds, though I'd toss in a bit of caramel with it this time.

Mouth is good, with the acidity of the hops and the carbonation cutting only slightly through the backbone, leaving a velvety, creamy body.

Overall, a delicious DIPA that I would love to have again. Alpine did a good job bringing more flavors than just the hops to the table with this one.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Big hop aroma at the bottle top and during the pour.

Appearance is golden yellow just hinting at amber, almost crystal clear, no haze but a few flakes that settled quickly. Fluffy white head settled to a persistent layer o fizz, depositing thin lacing all the way down.

Aroma is huge with hops of all varieties. Citrusy, fruity, woody, piney and sprucey. Some honey sweetness in there too, which becomes more prominent as it warms in the glass.

Flavor is all hops, any maltiness is only in the mouthfeel. Bitterness and hop flavor coat the tongue, palate and back of the throat. Big California hop bill could use some heavier crystal malts to balance.

Overall this is a good beer but shy of great because of the lack of balance. But, hey, it's called "Pure Hoppiness" not "some hops & some malt!" I'd ditch some of the flavor hops--such a light pale ale needs bitterness and aroma but with a lesser flavor addition, I think.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal clear tannish orange with a thin but steady head.

Smell is very hoppy.... pine, grass, pineapple, and perhaps even juniper on the nose.

Flavor is bitter, citrusy, clean, with hints of tropical fruit. Not as well balanced as I tend to prefer, bit I find myself wanted more.

Mouthfeel is fault-free. Proper carbonation, dry, crisp.

Overall a great beer. A bit hoppier than necessary in my opinion, yet I can't seem to wait more than a few seconds between sips!

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Photo of Kuaff
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted into a tulip glass, at a temperature between refrigerated and cellar.

Two or three cm of just off-white foam. A little lacing, and a rich golden orange of high clarity with a suspension of tiny particles upon close inspection. I approve.

The aroma is multitudinous and nuanced. It has a distinctive, zesty, garlic-bordering herbal note that I really love in an IPA, and also a spectrum of fruitiness. The spectrum of fruitiness includes but is not limited to the following, in order of decreasing magnitude: tangerine, pineapple, mango, nectarine. I don't know what this final comment contributes, but I'll add that it smells of EARTHY hops. Hops of the earth, yes.

Unholy HELL, that's dank. My palate is awash with astringent, zesty, pungent, pine. The similarity to the general traits of garlic is again noted and loved. Lime and orange and maybe a little honey or sap are present early on, and restrained bits of minerals, earthy herbs, and bread are felt in the finish, but mostly and above all, this is a dank, dank, dank, bitter, btter, astringent IPA.

Carbonation is somewhat lax, which I love, because this lets the absurd astringency coat and cling to my mouth without mercy. No spritzy carbonation will clean the hop residues from thy palate upon partaking of this concoction; thou will be bathed in brutal bitterness.

Pine is predominant in this IIPA. If the boreal forest had a flavor, this would be it.

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Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An orange hue with a foamy head that leaves great lacing.

S: Orange and other citrus fruits.

T: Rather sweet up front, but it finishes with a nice dosage of bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: It's a pretty good DIPA. It's not the best I've ever had, but I wish there was a brewed-on date so I could know if this bottle had a little age on it.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great offering from Alpine Beer Company!

Very similar to the Duet IPA in appearance. A thick, one inch worth of head is produced upon the medium amber hue. Lacing just sticks to the glass.

Prominent tropical fruit/floral aroma with some undertones of pine and citrus fruits. Very pleasant, mellow, and fresh aroma.

Taste echoes the nose quite nicely. Very balanced with just enough malt presence to keep the hops in check. Absolutely no harshness or excessive lingering from the hops, and packed with tropical fruit and pine flavor.

Creamy, medium/high carbonation that just envelopes the mouth. It is almost too good to swallow.

Highly sip-able and coupled with the fresh hop flavor and creamy mouthfeel makes this DIPA's drinkability impressive to say the least.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer from Alpine. Pours radiant copper, semi-transparent, a finger of foam and decent retention. I'm getting a lot of fresh-cut grass and pine needles in the nose. A bit of grapefruit that feels like it was sprinkled with my grandpa's sugar. The taste is pretty much the same with piney notes taking center stage. I get a big wave of grapefruit on the finish, intermingled with a touch of lemon. Ample doses of bitterness, which is always good. Finishes a bit dry, and leaves that tongue smacking effect I enjoy so much. Glad to have tried this one. Don't pass if you get the hopportunity. Larrrrrrrge.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Anniversary Fest.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops. A light and sweet maltiness poked through at the end. West coast all the way baby!

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated and wasn't smackingly sweet, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in DIPAs.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer was well attenuated and crisp at 8.0%, it was in no way too heavy and very drinkable. If you're lucky enough to get a pint before it's gone, go back for as many as you can.

With so many amazing DIPAs coming out of San Diego, it's no wonder this city (area) continues to define the style that was essentially pioneered there. Many are starting to call double IPAs "San Diego Pale Ale." They've earned it.

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Photo of kitch
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 10th May 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy orange colour with puffy three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy mandarin orange, slightly candied, piney hops and some light tropical fruit. The finish is a very nice strong floral.

Taste: Starts lightly sweet with mango and orange. The finish is a strong lasting grapefruit pith bitterness with some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice bitter DIPA. Great balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of RJB66
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a hop bomb!! I chased this brew all over town. The chase was worth the reward. I like this more than Nelson. A little on the light side for a double, but I don't think it was to light. I would definitely have more and I'm glad we were able to find four of them. Cheers!

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Photo of aval89
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Beverages4Less in Santee, Ca.

A: pours a deep golden color almost honey.. got a 2 finger head.. leaves nice lacing..

S: sweet tangerines, mild grapefruit & some lemon peel.. fresh cut grass & pine as well. Touch of doughy breadiness .. but dominant aroma is the citrus!

T: more of those sweet tangerines upfront.. some malt comes through.. mid palate is bitter grapefruit.. nice amount of hop bite.. finish is a lingering lemon peel flavor with some citrus still hanging around.. semi dry finish .

As the beer warms tropical fruits come in to play.. nice!!

Mf: spot on carbonation with a medium body..
Alcohol is minimal in this one.. but does leave a bit of warming in the mouth..

O: great beer! Another imoressive Alpine brew!

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
L: Light orange amber color. Lots of carbonation initially but it died down to a think layer of bubbles
S: Grapefruit mixed with some pine and sap elements. Aroma is similar to grapefruit sculpin.
T: Follows the nose, lots of grapefruit on the taste (again similar to GF sculpin) with some sap and pine flavors coming in on the finish. Some malt sweetness is also present. The finish brings medium bitterness.
F: Medium light. very drinkable
Overall a solid offering. Has all the characteristics you expect from a DIPA: hop aroma and flavor, some malt sweetness, and some bitterness. An overall well constructed beer but not something I would search for.

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Photo of Tele
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Very clear orange/gold, almost amber in color. Pours a two-inch, off-white head that lingers for a couple minutes.

S: 4.5 Lots of pine up front with a bit of dank and onion. There’s a pretty interesting grassy, earthy aroma that’s balanced by lemon and grapes.

T: 4.25 Lots of hops offering similar flavors as the nose would indicate. A little sweet at first followed by pine, onion, grapefruit, and that earthy element that I can’t quite put my finger on. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

M: 4.5 The body is very nice and can deliver the big hop flavors without being too heavy. The dryness on the finish makes this beer very refreshing and hides the 8% abv extremely well.

O: 4.25 I had high hopes for this DIPA based on my previous experiences with Alpines beers and I was not let down. I think I prefer duet and nelson, but this is still excellent and worth seeking out.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into delirium tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clean, slight amber, golden hue with a nice white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving massive amounts of lace.

Smell: Fresh and hoppy - extremely resinous pine and citrus backed by a bit of sweet maltyness. The hop aroma is amazing and by far one of the nicest smelling IPA's around.

Taste: Super grassy, resinous hops, strong citrus flavor with a bit of sweet roasted malt at the end that balances out the hop perfectly. I like that the malt is not overdone on this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sticky, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall: Too easy to drink - at 8% ABV, they'll get to you quickly.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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